Buddy Murphy Shows Off Insane Body Transformation Following his WWE Release

Published 06/28/2021, 1:53 PM EDT


Buddy Murphy had a woeful run with WWE which ended after WrestleMania 37. Touted one of the brightest and most promising talents in the world, WWE dropped the ball with him after his Cruiserweight Title run ended. However, he seems hell bent on making WWE regret their decision.

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Buddy Murphy gets a post-WWE glow up

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Buddy Murphy was the ace of the Cruiserweight Division. His run as Cruiserweight Champion saw him defend his title in bangers against the likes of Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Akira Tozawa. Unfortunately, once he dropped the title, the company lost complete interest in him.

Murphy wasn’t distraught about WWE not using him, but trolled the company for not utilising him. But with this recent post on Instagram, WWE will seriously regret letting him go. Murphy looks like he’s switched water for protein shake and hasn’t stopped working out since WWE released him.

The picture earned plaudits from another superstar who left WWE this year, Andrade El Idolo. He claimed Murphy was only a puppy in WWE, but is now a tiger. Murphy himself claimed he’s now the hungriest wolf. He wrote, “Sometimes we gotta look in the mirror and evaluate… I’m evaluating! And the chip on my shoulder is getting bigger! Watch out!”

Murphy labeled himself the ‘Juggernaut’ in WWE, and he currently looks like the physical embodiment of that nickname. With WWE investing in bigger and bulkier stars like Bronson Rechsteiner and Parker Boudreaux, one can safely assume the new and improved Murphy is back on the company’s radar.

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How did his WWE career go down-hill?

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After a promising NXT run alongside Wesley Blake where they held the NXT Tag Team Championship, Murphy blazed his own singles career by showing up in the Cruiserweight Division. A few impressive performances, a ripper of a match against Mustafa Ali, and Murphy was on the fast track to becoming the next champion of the division.

He beat Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship in front of a hometown crowd in Australia. His run superseded that of Neville’s [Pac] and became the cornerstone of the division. He lost the title to Tony Nese at WrestleMania 35, which marked his move up to the main roster.

Debuting on SmackDown, Murphy put on a mini-classic with Roman Reigns, but lost to the Big Dog. The following night, he picked up a big win against Daniel Bryan. His subsequent rivalry with Aleister Black was excellent and led to him becoming one of Seth Rollins’ acolytes. Unfortunately, that doomed relationship plus his bizarre relationship with Aalyah Mysterio paved his path right out of the company.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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